Featuring vivid case studies and drawing on a deep sense of history, Black Lives, White Law explores Australia’s extraordinary record of locking up First Nations people. It examines Australia’s system of criminal justice – the web of laws and courts and police and prisons – and how that system interacts with First Nations people and communities. How is it that so many are locked up? Why have imprisonment rates increased in recent years? Is this situation fair? Almost everyone agrees that it’s not. And yet it keeps getting worse.
Russell Marks is a practising lawyer, has a PhD in political history and is an adjunct research fellow at La Trobe University. He is the author of Crime and Punishment: Offenders and Victims in a Broken Justice System, and has been published in The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Overland, Inside Story and the Australian Book Review.
Published by Schwartz Books Pty. Limited, August 2022. 368 pages, PaperBack